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Some other institutions need to give descriptive names to their bands in order to praise them. The quality of the music, the precision of its drills, and the fine image that it portrays have made it unnecessary for us to say more than, “This is the Auburn University Band.”
For over a century, the Auburn University Marching Band has captivated audiences across the nation with spectacular performances. Whether marching before the home crowd or away, the Auburn Band has attained a position of national distinction and a reputation for excellence second to none.
The Band is under the direction of Dr. Corey Spurlin. Band members are chosen by audition, and represent virtually every school and curriculum on the Auburn campus. About 75 of the 375 members are music majors preparing for careers as performers or teachers. The band includes members from over twenty states as well as throughout Alabama.
The Auburn University Marching Band has built an international reputation for its precise, entertaining, and colorful performances on the field, unyielding and spirited support for its sports teams, and prideful ambassadorship for Auburn University. The marching band was named the 2004 recipient of the Sudler Intercollegiate Marching Band Trophy, the nation’s highest and most coveted award for college and university marching bands. With 380 members, the current marching band is the largest in university history. The band recently performed at the 2011 BCS National Championship Game and the 2011 Southeastern Conference Championship Game. Other recent appearances include the 2010 Outback Bowl, the 2007 Chick-fil-a Bowl, and the 2008 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland. The band was one of only six collegiate marching bands selected by ESPN to participate in its 2008 Battle of the Bands promotion.
Throughout its history, one of the primary goals of the Auburn University Marching Band has been to foster the Auburn Spirit. With more than thirty performances and exhibitions starting early in the fall and extending through the bowl season, the Auburn Band does exactly that.